Not quite there yet

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone In fact, according to Elias Sports Bureau, he is the only nonstarting Knick to have ever scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.“Coming off the bench, starting, whatever the team needs I’m going to do,” Beasley said. “If the team needs me to sit on the end of the bench and be a cheerleader then give me my pompoms.”It was perfect timing, too. Porzingis struggled in his return, missing all 11 shots from the field.“Michael Beasley had my back tonight,” Porzingis said.“Thanks to me the game was closer and I kept it close,” joked the Latvian superstar. “Kobe [Bryant] says you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. Today I missed all hundred.”There was laughter. It was a good night. There was one more match to deal with before their Christmas Day game—their 52nd in NBA history, a league record.But just as it looked like the Knicks would ride into that match on a one-horse open sleigh, they got Grinched on Friday night, losing to the Detroit Pistons, 104-101. Ironically, Porzingis had 29 points in that game, although he missed a desperation three that could have saved New York.Just the Knicks being the Knicks. Maybe a little Christmas spirit can help them get going. And going, a little bit more consistently. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments New York Knicks’ Michael Beasley (8) celebrates after scoring a three point shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden in New York, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK—The Knicks are headed into the Christmas Day game in the manner that best describes their season so far: On the verge of something positive but also on the edge of failure. The ambivalence can be seen in their record. At 17-15, they look like a team that could make a playoff run but still fall into losses that lead critics to say they should tank the season.They have won five of their last seven matches, but the last two matches show just how much the Knicks lack the kind of consistency to be legitimate playoff contenders—but then can be fun to watch when they hit their stride.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Against the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics last Thursday, Michael Beasley came up with a huge game—32 points and 12 rebounds—that had the Madison Square Garden crowd serenading the well-traveled former No. 2 pick with “MVP!” chants. Beasley dismissed the cheers, saying they were most likely for star Kristaps Porzingis, who was returning from an injury-forced break.“It’s nice to hear but I am pretty sure it’s for KP,” said Beasley. “I’m just here for the team. Whatever they need, whenever they need. Scoring, rebounding, defense. I just try my best.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut it’s not like Beasley did not revel in being the man of the moment.Pressed by reporters, he said he knew he had a hot hand way before his third quarter breakout that rescued the Knicks. In fact, he knew he was going to have a good scoring night 28 years ago. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours PH seeks revenge against powered-up SEA squad “January 9, 1989,” said Beasley, referring to his birth date, as if to remind everyone that he always had faith in his scoring abilities long before he helped New York to a 102-93 victory over Boston.Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek did not need the reminder.“Mike, he can do a lot of things with the ball. He was the second pick in the draft 10 years ago, after all. He’s talented and you all saw that tonight,” he said.“If KP’s out he obviously gets the bigger minutes. I thought he played great in filling in for him. He really helped us get some points on the board. Defensively, I liked what he was doing. He’s definitely a rotation guy for us. We have still Tim (Hardaway Jr.) out. That enables us to put Lance (Thomas) in there a little bit more so Mike’s still going to get that rotation,” added Hornacek.Beasley, who struggled with substance abuse in his early days in Miami, bounced around the league and became an MVP in China before joining the Knicks. He has settled well into his role as a reliable sub after getting a few starts early in the season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Many Appreciate Ebola Decline, Vow to Continue Ebola Fight

first_imgWith the increasing decline in the number of Liberians infected with the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, many have told the Daily Observer how grateful they are for all the help that has contributed to the ongoing recovery.  They vowed to continue to maintain strict observance of the measures that have led to the remarkable progress in the Ebola fight.In interviews conducted by the Daily Observer in communities on Bushrod Island yesterday, Liberians and residents expressed happiness over the decrease of Ebola victims in their various communities.The communities included Bassa Town, Central St. Paul Bridge, Zuma Town, New Kru Town, Caldwell, Logan Town and others in between.“It’s been several weeks since we last heard the sirens of so many ambulances coming back and forth in our community here in Central St. Paul Bridge,” said a young woman who gave her name as Doris. “It shows that we are winning the fight against Ebola.”A mother of two, Doris said there were no reports of people in the community dying like they did at the height of the Ebola crisis.  “We don’t have situations where infected people or corpses are left on the streets anymore.”She said there has been no report about people being abandoned by relatives and friends because they exhibit symptoms of Ebola.At Zuma Town, people were ecstatic when the question was posed, “when was the last time a sick person was referred to the Ebola Response Team?”“That was long time ago,” said Joshua Sekle, 35.  “I mean it was before, but for the past three weeks or more now, nobody here has been referred to the Ebola people.” Though he was excited about the development, he admits that it does not mean the fight against the Ebola virus is over.In Bassa Town, opposite the Island Clinic, residents told the Daily Observer that no one in the area had been referred to the Ebola Response Unit for several weeks now.It was the same story in Central St. Paul Bridge. The situation, the Daily Observer was told, has built hope in the people that the fight against Ebola has made progress.At the Duala Market and locations in Nyuankpanton and New Kru Town, residents interviewed were appreciative of the gains so far, and were unhappy with a WHO report of a possible increase of infected persons in the coming weeks.“If no one is getting sick,” said a mother of three, Catherine Wolobah, “how can people get sick or how would the number increase?” She wondered, cautioning that “since we are still fighting Ebola, it means we must continue to take measures to destroy it from our country.”Throughout our investigation, Liberians refused to accept the claim that Ebola Treatment Units are empty because the infected are being hidden in the various communities due to fear of Ebola stigma.A teacher, 26, who identified himself as Sam said, “It’s unfair for the WHO to insist that many of the sick are being held at home due to stigma.  “Everyone is aware that Ebola is real and we take measures to fight it,” said Sam.In Logan Town, many residents refused to accept the stigma claim.“We’re aware that the best place for an Ebola infected person is in an ETU and not at home,” Joseph Duweh, 35, said. “No one is afraid to go to an ETU now.”Though the experts claim that the ETUS are empty because the infected are afraid and remain in the communities, the Daily Observer did not come across any residents who supported that allegation.It suggests progress as a result of the measures adopted by the Liberian government and its partners to fight the disease, said a Ministry of Health official who asked not to be named. “The decline in Ebola patients at the various ETUs is a positive sign that our efforts are bringing relief to the population,” he asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Video: The youngster Arsenal are in for

first_imgArsene Wenger is keeping tabs on 17-year-old Allan Saint-Maximin in order to bolsten his attacking options this January.The winger has made seven appearances for Ligue 1 outfit Saint-Etienne this season.Watch Allan Saint-Maximin’s best bits above and leave your thoughts on the winger below…last_img

Supervisor Yvonne Burke announces retirement

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) – Trailblazing county Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, who won 10 elections during a 30-year political career and is known for her gracious, moderate demeanor, says she plans to retire when her current term ends in 2008. “I’m inclined to say that it’s time for me to move on,” said Burke, 73. “I think I’m ready.” Burke’s political career began after the 1965 Watts riots, when she was appointed to a staff position with the commission assigned to investigate the causes of the unrest. The next year, she defeated a member of the ultraconservative John Birch Society to become the first black woman to win a seat in the state Assembly. In the early 1970s, she became the first black woman from a Western state to win a seat in the House of Representatives. In 1979, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed her to fill out an unexpired term as a county supervisor – a seat she lost the next year in a racially charged election. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant After a 12-year absence from office, she returned in 1992 to win the 2nd District seat on the Board of Supervisors, which runs from Culver City to South Los Angeles to Carson. She defended her seat three times even as the once predominantly black district became largely Latino. “She’s one of the few people who straddles the earliest days of black political success to today, a more confusing and complicated period,” said Raphael Sonenshein, a professor of political science at California State University, Fullerton who has written extensively on Los Angeles political history. “She really does bridge the whole history.” Burke said she’s seen racial progress in Los Angeles since she first took office. Beaches, movie theaters and shopping centers are no longer segregated, and she’s no longer asked to enter the exclusive Jonathan Club through the back door. But racial tensions continue to flare in schools and jails, and race remains a factor in local elections, she said. Burke is an old school politician gracious, meticulously dressed, moderate and devoted to public projects. When asked to consider her achievements, she first mentioned public buildings including the Coliseum, the Forum, Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center and the Carson Animal Shelter. “I’ve tried to upgrade the way the district looks,” she said. “I’ve brought in public buildings. Everybody doesn’t always want them, but I’ve tried to make them look nice.” Some expected Burke would have a more spectacular political career; she was profiled by U.S. News & World Report in 1976 under the headline, “A Woman President ‘Any Day Now.’ And, though not known as an ideologue, she has sometimes found herself mired in controversy. Some Latinos accused her of favoring black constituents over Latinos’ needs when she tried to limit day laborer gatherings in Ladera Heights. And she steadfastly defended troubled King/Drew staff even when it became clear that poor care was resulting in patient deaths. Burke curtly dismissed criticisms that she stood by King/Drew because of its racial history. The hospital is known as a black institution but serves an increasingly Latino population. “It’s difficult for people to accept change,” she said curtly.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

The enemy within

first_img Talent stacked two or three deep at nearly every position. Every player back who scored a touchdown in the 55-19 title-game rout of Oklahoma. The toasts of the Los Angeles. The Southland’s proxy NFL team. College kids whose 1 p.m. scrimmage today at the Coliseum is expected to attract 50,000 fans. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 What possibly could bring down this program? What could keep coach Pete Carroll & Co. from terrorizing college football for years to come? Enemies from within, that’s who. College football history is replete with examples of dynasties weakened, even destroyed, by bad behavior inside those programs. To wit: Barry Switzer’s Oklahoma program was wrecked by his own players, whose out-of-control behavior (allegations of gang rape, shooting firearms in the football dorm) led to his departure and several years of the Sooners as also-rans. To wit II: A rising SMU program was given the NCAA “death penalty” for a batch of recruiting violations and never really recovered. Summarizing the life cycle of big-time programs, it runs something like this: Traditional football power hires new coach who is given a mandate to bring back the glory days. He recruits harder and perhaps with more emphasis on raw talent than social refinement. Choir boys don’t win football national titles. Program rises, interest explodes. Big games, big money come rolling in. Alumni hang around the team even more, eager to “help” football stars and be seen with them. Players already impressed with themselves feel even more entitled, perhaps untouchable. Legal troubles begin. NCAA violations begin cropping up. Coaches choose not to look, or hope it’s not as bad as they fear, feeling the pressure to keep winning. The crash. A major scandal comes down, the faculty goes nuclear, the media condemn, the president reacts. The coach is forced out and a new guy is hired, assuring everyone he will recruit only choir boys. The choir boys begin losing regularly, the alumni get antsy, school officials feel pressure to see the program rise, they fire the guy who cleaned house and hire a guy who recruits anybody he can get eligible. Repeat. USC is showing signs of flirting with that slippery slope to scandal. A review of incidents since the 2004 Rose Bowl. nTackle Winston Justice is charged in March 2004 with three misdemeanor counts of “exhibiting a replica firearm,” a pellet gun he “flashed” at a fellow student. Charges are dropped, but USC suspends him for the 2004-05 school year. (Justice is back and is running No.1 at tackle.) nTailback Hershel Dennis is the subject of a sexual assault investigation last August. Two other USC players are at the same address but are never publicly identified. No charges are filed, but Dennis is suspended four weeks for breaking team rules and loses his starting job. nCornerback Eric Wright is arrested in March on suspicion of sexual assault. A total of 136 Ecstasy pills are found in his apartment. He leaves the school before a disciplinary hearing is held. nTight end Dominique Byrd sustains a broken jaw when struck by teammate Steve Smith. Byrd loses 33 pounds while his jaw is wired shut. Byrd shrugs it off as a “family situation that hit the newspaper.” nAt a party in March, incoming USC linebacker Brian Cushing punches a friend of incoming USC quarterback Mark Sanchez. Orange County law-enforcement officials say Cushing could be charged with misdemeanor assault, but the victim doesn’t press charges. nDuring the first full week of summer drills, with players sequestered in campus dorms to reduce the chances of off-campus trouble, a water fight spins out of control. The L.A. Daily News quotes an unidentified player as saying, “People were wrestling and went through walls. There were holes in the walls. It was crazy.” Carroll comments on the incident by telling the Los Angeles Times, “That’s kind of a boys- will-be-boys deal. Living together, there’s a little bit of `Lord of the Flies’ going on.” To his credit, Carroll rarely is flip about bad behavior or allegations of it. After the Hershel Dennis incident, Carroll last year said, “It amazes me that issues continue to come up in this regard. God, man, I’m on it constantly. It’s everything to me. I’m really disappointed that we’re talking about this.” Carroll seems to be acting proactively now. A great idea, considering USC’s players often are treated with the fawning defer ence of rock stars. Considering his team plays in a major media market and is closely scruti nized. During the first week of practice this month, Carroll brought in a female motivational speaker, Lakita Garth, to talk to his play ers about situations of sexual risk, as well as the topic of vio lence against women. Chris McFoy, the Chino High School alumnus who is begin ning his fourth season in the USC program, said Carroll has devoted more time on “how to conduct ourselves” each year that McFoy has been on campus. “That’s something he always harps on,” McFoy said. “Things that have happened in the past … trying to stress the fact that we need to show class wherever we are, and (that) we’re like everyone else.” McFoy concedes temptation is omnipresent for USC football ers. Financial, social, sexual … violations of NCAA rules – or the laws of the land. “Obviously, the more games you win, the more people try to take you down,” he said. “To withstand that temptation makes you better as a person. You want to protect your team no matter what happens. You could (break rules), and they find out and you’re out for the season, and that could hurt the team. “Coach Carroll works that into our consciousness: got to focus on schoolwork and football and stay out of trouble.” He certainly appears to be try ing. Even if some of it goes in one set of ears and out the other. Unless Carroll didn’t make clear that smashing up a dormitory might be construed as “trou ble.” So, the Trojans are off and run ning again, and it will take a great effort by some outside force to slow them. Or one or two well-publicized self- inflicted wounds. Carroll doesn’t want to see the day once defined in the comic strip “Pogo” thusly: “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” The Trojans could be on top for years. If they can survive the perils from within. Paul Oberjuerge’s col umn appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He can be reached at paul.ober 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img LOS ANGELES – On the surface, times hardly could be better for USC’s football Trojans. Two-time defending national champions and the overwhelming No.1 in the first Associated Press poll, released Saturday. last_img

Men’s Basketball Names Thorson and Blount To Coaching Staff

first_imgHe began his coaching career as an assistant at South Dakota in 1989 and Minnesota from 1990-94. In addition to his legendary career at DeLaSalle, he also served as the Islanders’ Vice President of Development and secured more than $29 million in funds for DeLaSalle including the largest single and planned gifts in school history. Medved also announced that JR Blount will remain on staff. Blount spent the last season as an assistant coach and the previous two as the Bulldogs’ director of basketball operations. “I am totally committed to Niko’s vision and I think Drake basketball has the potential to be extremely successful,” Thorson said. “Having the opportunity to work with Niko is a total win-win for me. He’s a great friend, but more than that he is a great leader and his vision is something that I believe in. It is a great opportunity to come to a university like Drake and to work with a leader like him.” Thorson’s teams captured 20 Tri-Metro Conference championships and won a conference record 72-straight games from 1998-02. He was named the Minnesota Class 3A Coach of the Year in 2005, 2006, 2016 and 2017 and was a 12-time Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association Region Coach of the Year. “Adding a coach of Dave’s caliber is tremendous for Drake basketball,” Medved said. “Dave is the entire package. He’s one of the best coaches in the history of Minnesota and one of the best coaches I know. He’s a tremendous leader and communicator who develops players in all areas of their lives. His vision is in direct alignment with my vision and the mission of Drake University.” DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University head men’s basketball coach Niko Medved has announced the addition of Dave Thorson and JR Blount to his coaching staff. Thorson joins the program as an assistant coach following 23 successful seasons as the head coach at DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis, Minn., while Blount remains with the Bulldogs after being on staff for the previous three seasons.center_img Blount originally joined the Bulldogs following three successful seasons at Saint Leo University in Lakeland, Fla., where he was elevated to associate head coach for the 2013-14 season after two years as an assistant.  The Lions advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament in each of his three seasons on staff and won the program’s first conference championship in 2012-13. He was also part of a NCAA Division III National Championship in 2009-10 as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. As a student-athlete, Blount was a team captain and MVP at current Missouri Valley Conference member Loyola where he was the Ramblers’ team captain during his final three seasons and the squad’s MVP in 2008 and 2009. He finished his career ranked ninth in points and 10th in assists at Loyola and was the school’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2008 and 2009. “JR is clearly a rising star in the profession,” Medved said. “He has a great reputation and is an aggressive coach with a great work ethic that connects well with players, both on and off the court. He’s going to be a huge asset for us moving forward.” Thorson won nine state championships at DeLaSalle, including the program’s sixth-straight title in 2017, and amassed a 527-130 record in his 23 seasons. The nine state championships are the most by a coach in state history while the six-year championship streak is also a state record. His teams also finished as state runners-up twice, third once and fourth once. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to remain on staff with Coach Medved and looking forward to continuing to build this program into a winner,” Blount said. “Having worked alongside Niko for the last three weeks, I am excited about the passion and vision he has for this program and can’t wait to help him fulfill that vision.” Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Playing with house money, Fortuna football set for Division 5-A state title game against Katella

first_imgFortuna >> Fortuna head coach Mike Benbow said that once his team won its first North Coast Section title in nearly two decades that his Huskies were simply playing with house money.Come a few hours after kickoff tonight, the Huskies might be hitting the jackpot.For the second time in the last three seasons, a Humboldt County team will be playing for a state title in football in Southern California. Fortuna has made the long 11-hour trip to Anaheim, where it will face Southern California …last_img

With splitter now in arsenal, Frankie Montas helps steady A’s surprising rotation

first_imgFrankie Montas’ splitter started out as an experiment.For kicks once spring training started this year, Montas tossed it a couple times — he “played with it” — but noticed soon enough that the fun started to translate into big swings and misses.The more he threw it, the more he was getting hitters off the fastball. A conversation with A’s pitching coach Scott Matthew Emerson turned Montas’ moments of exploratory chucking into a reality: Montas’ splitter would become a part of his repertoire …last_img

Lackey Trip Report: Le Sacre Des Couleurs

first_img SharePrint RelatedFinding friends at Belgium Mega-EventSeptember 17, 2019In “Community”Lackey trip report: Hoorn Mega – Game OverApril 16, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Allegany State Park Geobash IX Mega-EventJune 30, 2014In “Community” Geocaching HQ staff will attend dozens of Mega and Giga-Events around the world, shaking hands, sharing stories of adventure, and of course, geocaching! Emily (MychaelAnne) is an Accountant at Geocaching HQ. She recently traveled to France to attend the Le Sacre des couleurs Mega-Event (GC7Q03H). Here’s her trip recap.When we arrived in Reims, where one of the event organizers would pick up my fiancé and me, we had just enough time to walk around the city and see the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Reims where French kings had been crowned for over 800 years. This was the perfect beginning to the Mega-Event weekend, “Le Sacre des couleurs”, which translates to “the coronation of colors”.One of the event organizers, Michèle, picked us up Friday morning and took us on a slight detour around the champagne region. She showed us different villages where her family had lived and we saw many vineyards and enjoyed the beautiful countryside before heading to Saint-Menehould, where the Mega was being held. After arriving at the event space we met more of the orga team and drank some champagne together, which capped off our tour quite nicely.That evening we attended the meet and greet. One of the French geocachers I met that night remarked that the meet and greet for a French Mega is the most important event of the weekend. It’s the time for community, for gathering around a table to eat together, and for the sharing of stories before the geocaching begins. For my part, I agree with him. I had many more conversations and connections on Friday.The day of the Mega-Event was packed! It was held on the campus of a school for children with disabilities. The kids at the school were very involved in the entire event! They made baked goods and pastries and even served us breakfast they had made, walking around with trays of goodies. The orga team set up lots of colorful activities around the space for the kids such as a station where they were selling the furniture they created out of wood pallets and beautiful art projects they had done.At noon the whole group of geocachers gathered together for a flash mob photo taken by a drone. The team did a great job of structuring the lines so that people quickly filled in the shape and did not require too much directing. After the photo people scattered to go geocaching, of course!One of the activities at the event was canoeing and caching along a river! Luckily the day was warm because as soon as we got in the canoe we got splashed and were soaked! During the trip, we met a couple of geocachers in the canoe behind us at one of the first geocaches along the river (There were about 15 caches along our route). I ended up climbing out of the canoe to grab the cache for us all to sign, getting a bit muddy in the process. From then on we teamed up to find the rest of them. We had a good mix of helping each other reach a cache, trading off who found it, keeping each other from drifting down the river. There were many laughs and clumsy moments on our journey but luckily we didn’t lose any caches (or logbooks) to the river!We wrapped up the weekend the next day with a CITO (Cache In Trash Out®). There were so many geocachers already in the woods and on the trails picking up trash that there wasn’t much to collect by the time my group got on the trails. But we picked up all that we saw and managed to find a tire! The whole group did a fantastic job making the trails pristine and clean. My group found ourselves on a rather abandoned trail but we used our geo-senses to find our way back to the beginning and not get too lost. It was a lovely walk and we were even able to find a couple geocaches along the way!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Arunachal MP seeks survey on snow leopards in the state

first_imgArunachal Pradesh Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering has requested Union Forest Minster Harshvardhan for a survey in the state to find the number of snow leopards in the state.The letter follows photographic evidence of the presence of snow leopards at Thembang area in West Kameng district of the mountain state recently which was yielded during a study of the elusive animal by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), India.Mr. Ering in his letter on December 4 last also requested the Union Minister to initiate Project Snow Leopard in Arunachal Pradesh. The letter, a copy of which was made available to the press, also sought publishing of a vision document with regard to the country’s participation in ‘The Bishkek Declaration 2017’ which seeks to conserve the snow leopard and its ecosystem. “In Arunachal Pradesh, there is also need for extension of the area allotted to the snow leopard landscape with a plan for community participation in the surveillance process as most of the forests are community owned,” Mr. Ering said in his letter. “While the Centre has always identified Arunachal as a snow leopard state, this is the first time that proof of their presence has been captured. This is a significant feat for our state for the presence of this carnivore is an indicator of the thriving ecology in the area,” Mr. Ering added. The state-wide survey carried out by WWF India in collaboration with state forest department was started in March this year, focusing on unexplored areas. It had yielded photo evidence of the snow leopard through a camera trap set up at Thembang, one of the community conserved areas in the state, according to a WWF statement released in October this year. Only a fraction of snow leopard habitats in the state fall into two protected areas – the Dibang biosphere reserve and the Namdapha National Park. “The presence of the big cat beyond these protected areas highlights the importance of community support for conservation as well as landscape-scale conservation planning,” the WWF statement said.The survey relied on the knowledge of the community members to understand the current distribution of snow leopards and other large mammals in the region. The state-wide survey is significant as it covers one of the 22 priority landscapes of the Global Snow Leopard Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP).The findings of the state-wide survey will enable Arunachal Pradesh forest department to develop a snow leopard conservation plan to address increasing threats such as retaliatory killings, infrastructure development and climate change induced impacts on the habitats, the statement said.Snow leopard, native of central and south Asia and a sacred animal in Kyrgyzstan, is listed as a vulnerable category animal in the Red List of threatened species compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).last_img read more